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Applying the ASME Codes: Plant Piping & Pressure Vessels (Mister Mech Mentor, Vol. 2)

James A. Wingate
James A. Wingate
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ASME Code for Pressure Piping governs the materials, permissible stresses, design, fabrication, construction, testing, fatigue life and operation of non-nuclear pressure piping systems in the United States. This means B31 covers just about everything in piping except the plumbing and site∕civil items (which are sanitary waste, storm drains, and potable water piping).

The two most commonly encountered codes are the B31.1 Power Piping and B31.3 Process Piping Codes. B31.1 is used for power generation plants, and B31.3, which borrows heavily from B31.1, covers industrial and related applications. B31.3 thus has the wider application, but the two codes are very similar in philosophy and many details.

As far as I am concerned, there is only one way to learn these codes well enough to practice them responsibly, and that is to read the code books, then take the ASME Continuing Education seminars on B31.1 and B31.3, then read the code books once again, and finally apprentice to a senior Code piping engineer for as long as it takes. This is quite an overall investment of money and labor, as it darn well should be, for safety's sake.

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